ILLINOIS -- Two state departments are pleading for more money: one to help kids in need, the other to help mentally ill prisoners.
But, both are at the mercy of the state's budget crisis. With less than one month left to fix, many are worried.
"We're going to have to find some cuts to close that gap right now that's in the governor's proposed budget. But, in my opinion, DCFS is not the place to do it."
When it comes to cutting costs, lawmakers have some difficult decisions to make; the fate of thousands of children and inmates depending on those decisions.
"The money's going to run out and, when the money runs out, I'm afraid the treatment will run out."
Directors for the Department of Corrections and the Department of Children and Family Services are pleading for funding.
Next year, together, they're asking for about $2.8 billion. DCFS wants to add 50 new employees. It's a move to fix staffing shortages in places like Champaign.
"Child abuse isn't going away. We just have fewer people looking into them and they're overworked and we're not able to, I think, do the job we need to do to protect our children."
IDOC also voiced concerns. The prison population is decreasing, but department officials say, unless retention rates go down, overall costs will rise.
"As we become more effective at not having people come back to us, your costs drop."
Baldwin also says the department needs money to better treat those who are mentally ill.
"It's definitely well warranted. I mean, this is the right thing to do, the humane thing to do is treat the mentally ill."
Both departments say they've struggled during the impasse. Right now, each could receive a 10% cut if Governor Bruce Rauner's budget proposal passes.
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